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Tongue tip test is a meltdown

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Parts of the Drakensberg and the Midlands in KwaZulu-Natal were turned into a winter wonderland overnight as light flurries of snow, with sleet in some areas, covered the ground in a blanket of white.

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Serena Ansell tries to catch quickly melting snowflakes on her tongue at Hastings Farm in the Upper Dargle, behind the Inhluzane Mountain, on Monday morning.   Picture: Rob Ansell/www.snowreport.co.zaThick frost coats the KZN border with Lesotho as temperatures plummeted across KwaZulu-Natal and the country.   Picture: Afriski Ski Mountain Resort/www.snowreport.co.za

The scene did not last long, though, as most of the snow had melted by morning.

Snow Report SA, a social media page, reported that light snow flurries on the road between Bushman’s Nek and Underberg had been fallen on Monday night, while Kokstad, about 20km away, had sleet.

“There has been heavy sleet at Drakensberg Gardens and sleet just outside Bulwer. Also there have been light snow flurries behind the Inhluzane Mountain (Upper Dargle). IIsley Farm (17km from Underberg) reported that they are having a ‘nice’ snow fall,” said the website via Facebook.

The team, which had made a trip inland, also reported that light snow had fallen in Cedarville (between Kokstad and Matatiele) and on Sani Pass.

Coleford Nature Reserve, Rosetta, St Bernards Peak (southern Drakensberg) and Hilton also had sleet.

The N3 Toll Concession’s commercial manager Con Roux said the major road between KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng had not been affected, but weather conditions on the route were being monitored.

On the border of KwaZulu-Natal, Afriski Ski Mountain Resort in Lesotho shared pictures of the thick frost on the ground near the resort.

Meanwhile, snow hunters planned trips to areas where snow is most expected, to see the snowfalls firsthand.

Mariaan Maartens Lehman said on Facebook: “Really hoping for some heavy falls in Matatiele. Still light at the moment.”

Another hunter said: “Can’t wait for my daughter to experience snow for the first time!”

SA Weather Services predicted that the gloomy conditions would clear on Tuesday, while cold temperatures, dipping into the negative in places, would persist all week.

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